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The Wizard (1989)

A boy and his brother run away from home and hitch cross country with the help of a girl they meet to compete in the ultimate video game championship.


Todd Holland


David Chisholm
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Edwards ... Jimmy Woods / The Wizard
Vince Trankina Vince Trankina ... Tate (as Vincent Leahr)
Wendy Phillips ... Christine Bateman
Dea McAllister Dea McAllister ... Counselor
Sam McMurray ... Bateman
Beau Bridges ... Sam Woods
Fred Savage ... Corey Woods
Christian Slater ... Nick Woods
Will Seltzer Will Seltzer ... Putnam
Roy Conrad Roy Conrad ... Bus Clerk
Jenny Lewis ... Haley
Roderick Dexter Roderick Dexter ... Trucker #1 / Wrecking Yard Man
Ray Bickel Ray Bickel ... Trucker #2
Chuck Skinner Chuck Skinner ... Grease Monkey
W.K. Cowan W.K. Cowan ... Salesman #1


Corey and Jimmy Woods are two brothers who are being separated due to their parents divorcing. Jimmy is a mentally unstable kid that has had problems ever since his sister died at a young age. One day, Corey discovers that Jimmy has a natural talent for playing video games. He is one of the best around, and the two journey to the West Coast to compete in a video game championship, but along the way, they must avoid the adults, who are trying to take Jimmy away. Written by Anonymous

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It's more than a game... It's the chance of a lifetime. See more »


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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USA | Brazil

Release Date:

15 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidéokid See more »

Filming Locations:

Nevada, USA See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jimmy's "disease" is never diagnosed, but it's believed to be autism, which was starting to grow in prevalence around the time of the movie's release. See more »


When Nick is playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the hotel room the weapon sound being heard is used for Raphael but the on the TV it shows that he's playing as Leonardo. See more »


Putnam: I want all of your driver's license numbers! Every one of ya! I want your driver's license numbers!
Spankey: So you touched her breast, huh?
Putnam: Oh, my God! All right! All right! Let's not lose our tempers. It's very hot...
[silenced by a punch from Spankey]
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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: AVGN Wizard Rant (2008) See more »


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This Movie is A Cult Classic.
28 June 2003 | by LegofingerSee all my reviews

This Movie is a Cult Classic because it introduced video game junkies to one of the greatest games ever made "Super Mario 3". It also showed the world how much Nintendo would do to edge the competition on the video game market. By exploting ever game they made, introducing us to the POWER GLOVE(piece of Junk), NINTENDO Game Hotline(Thank God for the Internet) and Super Mario 3. I love this movie and so does ever video game lovin geek with a computer I know.

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